In his talk, Jamieson explains what climate change is, why we have failed to stop it, and why it still matters what we do., Jamieson argues that our failure to prevent or even to respond significantly to climate change reflects the impoverishment of our systems of practical reason, the paralysis of our politics, and the limits of our cognitive and affective capacities.
WHO: Dale Jamieson, is a NYU Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, and Director of the Animal Studies Initiative
WHAT: Public Lecture “Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed – and What It Means for Our Future”
WHEN: Tuesday, April 22. 2014 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM
WHERE: 19 University Place, First Floor Lecture Hall, Room 102, NYC. Subways: N, R (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); A,C,E,B,D,F,M (West 4th Street).
The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. RSVP online here.
Climate change also threatens our sense of meaning, since it is difficult to believe that our individual actions matter. Yet, as Jameson points out, there is much that we can do to slow climate change, to adapt to it and restore a sense of agency while living meaningful lives in a changing world.
The Educating for Sustainability series, which brings environmental scholars and leaders to NYU for public lectures, is cosponsored by NYU’s Environmental Studies and the NYU Office of Sustainability.
About Dale Jamieson--Dale Jamieson is Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, and Director of the Animal Studies Initiative. He is the author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed–and What It Means For Our Future (Oxford, 2014), Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2008), and Morality’s Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature (Oxford, 2002). He is also the editor or co-editor of nine books, and has published more than one hundred articles and book chapters.
About the NYU Office of Sustainability--NYU launched its sustainability efforts in 2006 with the creation of Sustainability Task Force formed by faculty, students, staff and administration to galvanize NYU community to plan and take action towards sustainability in the way we live, operate, educate and innovate. The Office of Sustainability implements infrastructure projects, communication and engagement campaigns, and innovative programs to empower, inspire and guide the NYU community to achieve our goals for sustainable practices and culture.